If today your driving is haphazard at best,
then heed my advice, don’t go for your test.
This is my first try at a 19 word challenge by Sammi Scribbles This challenge was to use the word “haphazard.”
Four-year-old Julie, intent on filling her basket with flowers, wandered from camp, unaware that eyes were peering from the woods. She walked deeper and deeper into the brush and trees. Julie – as sweet and innocent as Little Red Riding Hood going to her grandmother’s house.
Fortunately Julie’s Grandmother was not sick in bed; she was in the camp. Where’s Julie? She sounded the alarm and campers began the search. Aha! It wasn’t long before Grandmother herself found Julie. Neither was aware of the Wolf who slunk away without a sound except for the hungry growling of his stomach.
Challenge: write a 99 word story using the phrase “peering from the woods.”
I’m sitting on a lawn chair about a hundred feet behind this scene. My goal is to plot a short story with this as the setting. What might I write?
I see a couple walking to the bench. They sit. Then I see the young man kneel before the girl.
A jogger and his dog are running toward the bench. The dog stops, barks, and turns to run back. Why?
An angry crow flies in circles low to the ground below the tree branches. Looking closely I see a fledgling crow on the ground. There is a snake slithering toward it.
It is said that the ghost of a man who drowned spends time sitting at the edge of the water. I can’t see it, but listen. What do I hear?
Which tale shall I spin? Must be short but with a plot. A story that I can end in 150 words, that’s all I’ve got!
Image: by wildverbs
Required: Write story regarding the picture prompt, 100-150 (+ or – 25 words) This story has 159 words.
Time goes so fast! When I wrote about Job, I intended to get right back with the subject of suffering. It’s difficult. There are so many questions about God and suffering. Who causes suffering? Why does God allow it? There are a lot of great books on the subject. I won’t go there into much depth. But I want to point out some scriptures which show the “benefits” of suffering.
Kids generally do not grow strong characters by having a lolly-pop and all the things that go with the happy life. Adults don’t either.
Some of the character building traits that come via suffering:
Patience 2 Cor. 1: 6 …which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. James 5:10, 11 (refers to Job)
Faith 2 Cor. 1:9 …But this happens that we might not rely on ourselves but on God… 1 Peter 1:6,7 …while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith…may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
Reliance on God’s Word Psalm 119:50 My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life. Psalm 119:71 It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.
Repentance 2 Cor. 7:10 Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done. At every point you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter. (reference Job’s experience)
Humility 2 Cor. 12:7 To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh…
Perseverance, character, hope Romans 3:5 …we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope James 5:11
Endurance 2 Tim. 1:8-12 & 2:3 (excerpts) That is why I am suffering as I am. … Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
Obedience Heb. 5:8 Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered…
Righteousness, peace Heb. 12:11 …(discipline) produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
Time and movement stopped;
so did the debt collectors,
when the old man died.
Writing haiku for Ronovan:
The Humpty Truck has been retired at age 55. I took it to the Mustang Museum where it looks like he will have a safe and enjoyable life among other toys with similar tastes, values, and memories.
Humpty was thirty-five years old when I gave it to my grandson, Pete, for his first birthday. Sometime through the years he got moved back to my house. Pete is now twenty. Not really the age at which one wants to move a toy from dorm to apartment in whatever town he is in. Therefore, Pete and I made the decision to let Humpty Truck go visiting for a few years or even forever.
Humpty Truck is on loan to the museum until such time as Pete or other designated persons want it back. Win, win for everybody.
I have other items which will probably go sit a few years in the museum. I will record their retirement as they happen.
My thanks to the people who work to make the Mustang Museum a nice place to visit. It is now in a very cramped building, but the volunteers are optimistic that they will be able to bloom in new surroundings someday.
The woman in the picture with Humpty and his friends is yours truly, and the good looking guy is Pete.